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We have 10 Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Modern History

Students of Modern History investigate a variety of primary sources to better understand the processes, ideas and events that shaped modern populations in a variety of countries. Your findings will then be written up as a dissertation, contributing your unique ideas and perspectives to the wider academic discussion.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Modern History?

During a PhD in Modern History you will spend a large amount of time engaging with primary material and meeting with your supervisor to discuss your ideas and progression. Your analysis should be contextualised within the wider literature of the relevant historical field. There are many themes of historical research within the category of Modern History. Some of the most popular include:

  • Civil rights
  • Globalisation
  • Migration and movement
  • Nationhood
  • Propaganda
  • Violence and war

Using discussions of these broader themes you will investigate a niche area of history, such as a specific location, period, organisation or group.

Most Modern History PhD students propose their own research project. However, there are some advertised projects available where specific research parameters will be set. By the end of the degree you will have written up a 75,000 word thesis which is assessed in an oral viva exam.

The location of your sources may require you to travel for research. This could be nationally or internationally. There will plenty of opportunity to engage in the wider academic community through conferences and publishing. You may also be offered paid teaching work within your department.

PhD in Modern History funding options

Most Modern History PhD courses in the UK are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Their fully-funded studentships cover tuition fees, a living stipend and necessary travel expenses. You must already have a confirmed place at a university in order to apply.

Other forms of funding include university studentships and grants. Make sure to check institution websites to see if they have anything on offer. Additionally, there are many charities, trusts and business that are willing to offer small, short-term financial grants to research students.

Most advertised projects will come with funding but make sure to check what this includes. Students may also choose to self-fund their studies. Through employment, the UK government doctoral loan or a mixture of the two many students are able to support themselves financially.

PhD in Modern History careers

A PhD in Modern History sets graduates up with the skills needed to succeed in a wide range of careers. The most direct route of progression would be to pursue a career in research, academia or teaching. However many Modern History graduates may also find themselves in publishing houses, charities, civil service or global private corporations.

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PhD Opportunities in Arts and Humanities at Kent

The. University of Kent. is outward looking and forward-thinking, with academic staff who are leaders in their field, outstanding facilities and award-winning student support. Read more

Minority Ethnic MPs in the UK Parliament since 1987

In the 2019 general election 65 MPs from minority ethnic backgrounds were elected to the UK Parliament, but this diversity is not yet reflected in the oral histories collected by the History of Parliament Oral History project or the scholarly literature on MP’s lives and careers. Read more

History - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning). As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of History you will have the opportunity to work alongside academic staff whose research is at the forefront of current historical scholarship. Read more
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History - funded postgraduate research opportunity

Keele historians are enthusiastic, reflective and ambitious scholars. Research interests include: Medieval History; Early modern British History; Modern British; European, African and Asian History; Local History; Public History; History of Medicine; Gender History; Imperial History; Religious History. Read more
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Living through war and peace in the Twentieth Century (RDF23/HUMANITIES/ROBB)

Applications are invited from individuals in possession of a BA and MA for a PhD project about the lived experience of war, conflict or the transition to peace in the twentieth century. Read more

Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES)

These studentships are popular and competitive. Please contact a PGR Subject Leads in the Department of Humanities before applying so they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor. Read more

PhD Student Excellence Awards 2023/24 (SEA)

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the University of Strathclyde Student Excellence Awards for commencing study on 1 October 2023. Read more
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Doris Lessing’s Archives: Communism, Decolonisation, and Literary Practice (TAUNTON_23LDCCHASE)

This PhD project provides a unique opportunity for a postgraduate researcher to work in and with the two major archives of Doris Lessing’s papers, and to produce a pathbreaking exploration of her life and work, supervised by. Read more
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